Footballing pros score sponsors

SESKU Academy are sponsoring Sheffield Wednesday Ladies players �250 for kit. L-R Sarah Hobson,Shelley Donohoe and Adam Redfearn.

SESKU Academy are sponsoring Sheffield Wednesday Ladies players �250 for kit. L-R Sarah Hobson,Shelley Donohoe and Adam Redfearn.

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TWO SHEFFIELD Wednesday footballers have scored sponsorship with a South Kirkby community organisation.

SESKU Academy awarded £250 to Shelley Hobson-Donohoe and Sarah Hobson-Donohoe, of Westcroft Road, Hemsworth to buy new kit for the women’s team.

The couple, who recently got married, said they were really grateful for the cash.

Shelley Hobson-Donohoe, 31, said: “In women’s football you have to pay to play, which I think is wrong, so this meant a lot and will be a huge help to us all.”

The money will also go towards travelling expenses.

Mrs Hobson-Donohoe, who has played for the club for nine years, said: “Playing for a team such as Sheffield Wednesday is amazing and I have met some great friends who I will have for life.

“We all work together as a team and we always strive to win every game. So far this season we have played three and won three - shame the men’s team haven’t.”

She said that playing for a big club was possible if you set your mind to it, as she started out playing for a local team.

Adam Redfern, manager of the academy, which is now based at the former Burntwood School, said he decided to sponsor the kit as a way to inspire other youngsters.

He said: “It is inspirational for children who play in local teams to see that they can go on to play for higher level teams, and Shelley and Sarah are living proof.

“The women show that is it possible to achieve your dreams if you set your mind to it.”

Mrs Hobson-Donohoe said: “Unfortunately there aren’t as many clubs for young girls or ladies which is a shame, but it is getting bigger as times go on and hope that it continues to grow.”

Mr Redfern is keen to start up more football training sessions at SESKU’s base at the former Burntwood School, in South Kirkby. The women contacted the academy after hearing about the wide range of work they do supporting the community.

Mr Redfern said: “We like to do what we can, and feel it is so important to invest in people. It is nice to give something back.”